Alfie discovers a new freedom with a powered wheelchair from Variety

Alfie, who is nine years old, lives with his mother, Emily, father, Richard and his five-year-old sister, Molly, in Derbyshire. He has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, and therefore relies on a wheelchair to move around. Alfie had significantly outgrown his powered wheelchair and after years of daily use, it had become worn out and almost completely broken down – very much on its 'last legs'. Variety stepped in and provided Alfie with a much bigger and more comfortable powered wheelchair, one that gives him proper postural support, greater convenience and a degree of independence that simply wasn’t possible before. Here, mum Emily describes the difference the new chair has made to Alfie and the whole family.

Alfie with his new powered wheelchair from Variety

Overall, the wheelchair has given Alfie a lot more freedom. For instance, he can now finally use the family’s garden on his own, as he can now move freely around it, with ease. This has been very helpful during the lockdown period.

One of the biggest advantages of the new wheelchair is that it allows Alfie to go out and about with his family and join in with their activities. It's especially helpful that the new powered wheelchair is adjusted for all types of terrains. With the new powered wheelchair, Alfie can participate in these family walks more actively and for longer periods of times.

Emily feels that her experience with Variety has been very positive. She also found the application process quite straightforward. What she'd like to say to other families is that, whilst it's never much fun to fill out forms, it is only one form at the end of the day, and it will benefit the whole family, and especially the child, for years to come. 

Alfie with his new powered wheelchair from Variety